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Tuesday 14 July 2020

1966 Ford Cortina Mk. I Crayford Convertible (1500cc) - HISTORICS AUCTIONS 10th Anniversary Grand Summer Sale Windsorview Lakes Horton Road, Datchet SL39HY Berkshire SATURDAY 18th JULY 2020



10th Anniversary  Grand Summer Sale
Windsorview Lakes
Horton Road, Datchet
SL39HY Berkshire

 1966 Ford Cortina Mk. I Crayford Convertible (1500cc)

Lot Number132
RegistrationKGN 445D
Chassis NumberBA82EK55317
Engine NumberEH55317
Odometer reading81,760 miles
Estimate£18,000 - £23,000

  • Thought to be one of fewer than 20 surviving examples
  • Restored to a good standard

This car can be viewed in person from 14th to 18th July 2020 at our the auction site, Windsorview Lakes, Datchet, SL3 9HY

In response to the huge success of the Mini, Ford responded not with a small car but with a larger family offering which they could sell in large numbers. The result was the Cortina; a distinctively styled, mass-market compact car aimed at buyers of the Morris Oxford and Vauxhall Victor. It launched on 20th September 1962 and sold extremely well. It was produced in five generations (Mk. I through to Mk. V) although officially the last one was called the Cortina 80. With variants of the Cortina reaching sales of over one million and each successive model proving more popular than its predecessor, such was its fame in the UK that the BBC Two documentary series Arena once devoted an entire programme to the car and its enthusiasts. With eye-catching modern styling, it was originally branded as the Consul Cortina until a modest facelift in 1964, after which it was sold simply as the Cortina but with four trim levels; Standard, Deluxe, Super and GT.

Originally registered on 10th May 1966, this stylish Ford is one of approximately 50 Cortinas converted by Crayford into a convertible. The lines of the Mk. I lends itself to being a convertible and this example, with its blue coachwork and hood together with the contrasting red interior, is certainly aesthetically pleasing. The car fell into disrepair in the late ’80s and was sold in 1988 for £1,000 as a restoration project to Mr Paul Brench from Wiltshire who set about restoring the car. Presenting now in delightful condition, the interior benefits from having the additional dials from a GT and a remote gear lever. Supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 16th April 2021, this Cortina Mk. I Crayford is very rare and will certainly turn heads wherever she appears.

The health and safety of both our customers and the team remains the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to Government guidelines throughout viewing and auction day.

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